Just like T Jones getting the start in the bowl game. Was it to reward him for the time he put in with the scout team while he was suspended?
Good question. I don't know the answer to that to be honest. What's interesting is, for much of the season, there was a reluctance to spell Minter with a backup -- remember how many snaps he played against Florida before he started cramping? -- but Welter played normal backup snaps in the bowl game.
They have a ton of LB talent, but Alexander, Louis and Jones all seem more like OLBs than MLBs to me. Maybe that won't be the case any more this year.